Great ideas are born out of adversity. Many inventions offer viable solutions to everyday problems we face. On the other hand, some inventions exist because some people have way too much time on their hands, LOL! Whatever the case, here are eight cool inventions you probably didn’t know existed.
8. Baby Stroller Scooter
The Roller Buggy is a baby stroller that transforms into a scooter. Valentin Vodev, the designer of the Roller Buggy, explains on his website how it works:
“Through a simple pull motion of the lower body, it extends the normal baby carriage into a scooter, making a more sportive and faster transportation on various terrains and giving both parties a good time. The transformation to a scooter occurs through a simple pull motion of the lower body and steering is achieved by leaning left and right (skateboard principle). It allows the usage of many different-shaped seats, as well as third party seats, through special-made adaptors.”
7. Full-Body Umbrella
Not even the biggest umbrella in the world—you know, those ones you see on a golf course or at the beach—will keep you dry in a torrential downpour. Thanks to some ingenious thinking, someone in Japan invented the full-body umbrella. We’ve actually spotted two different versions online. One goes down to the knee (depending on your height) and looks like the upper half of a dinosaur egg shell that’s been cracked open. The other one has ground-length clear plastic panels attached to it and looks somewhat like a round bed canopy. You can purchase one online.
6. StoryTime Rocking Chair
This chair was designed by a father who, in his own words, “did not have a lap large enough for three children.” Master craftsman Hal Taylor is an avid reader, and he loves reading to his children. He invented the StoryTime Rocking Chair when his third child wanted in on story time at an early age. “I had to come up with something! This is the ‘something’ I came up with for reading to my three children,” Taylor said on his website.
The StoryTime Rocking Chair is a hand-crafted, three-seater rocking chair (the main seat, plus an extra seat on each chair arm). Taylor has made about 35 of these chairs so far, including five for the royal family in Abu Dhabi. They sell for a whopping $7,000 each!
5. Permanent Anti-Odor Laundry Detergent
A team of scientists from the University of Oregon came up with a heavy-duty laundry detergent that’s not only tough on stubborn stains, but permanently removes unwanted odors as well. Developed by Dune Sciences, a University of Oregon spin out company, Defunkify Active Wash (formerly known as deFUNKit), uses a special process to bind natural deodorizers to clothing fibers.
“Standard laundry detergent isn’t enough to keep your clothes from smelling bad,” Richard Geiger, CEO of Dune Sciences, said in a press release. “That’s because your basic detergent only gets clothes about 80 percent clean. Wearing partially dirty clothes creates an endless cycle where odor becomes part of the fabric of your clothing. deFUNKit changes that.”
Other products sold by the company include Defunkify Active Spray (for removing odors from shoes and gear) and Defunkify Active Odor Shield (for removing odors from sportswear and preventing them from returning all season long). BTW, all of their products are environmentally friendly.
4. Anti-Theft Sandwich Bags
If you have co-workers who are always stealing your lunch from the fridge in the employee lounge, then these bags may be for you. No, they don’t come with an alarm. Instead, they are made to make your sandwich look moldy. Now, that you’ve learned how to stop them from eating your lunch, you need to figure out how to stop them from throwing out that moldy sandwich that isn’t really moldy, LOL!
JUST FOR FUN: Your kids can use these bags to gross out their friends at lunch, or you can prank trick-or-treaters (and their parents) by putting their candy into moldy plastic bags.
3. Sleeping Bag with Arms and Legs
The SelkBag is a sleeping bag that comes with arms and legs. It is designed to give users maximum movement, warmth, and comfort. The SelkBag Original has the following features:
-Silky soft ripstop nylon
-Rip stop weave
-Double front YKK entry-zips for easy entry
-An optimized hand closure system for quick entry and exit of the hands
-An insulated hood with a 3D collar for added warmth
-Leg vents help to regulate temperature when you get too warm
-A kangaroo-style pocket in the front
-Reinforced nylon soles
-Zipper tape that prevents snags
-A convenient stuff sack for compact portability
There’s also a “lite” version for warmer nights. It has a single layer filling and all the functionality of the SelkBag Original. There’s a SelkBag for kids, too.
2. A Realistic Veggie Burger
The Impossible Burger is a plant-based burger that looks, smells and tastes like real meat. A team of dedicated scientists spent five years developing and identifying the methods and ingredients needed to make the Impossible Burger as realistic as they could. According to their website, the Impossible Burger is “made from simple, all-natural ingredients such as wheat, coconut oil, and potatoes. What makes the Impossible Burger unlike all others is an ingredient called heme. Heme is a basic building block of life on Earth, including plants, but it’s uniquely abundant in meat. We discovered that heme is what makes meat smell, sizzle, bleed, and taste gloriously meaty. Consider it the ‘magic ingredient’ that makes our burger a carnivore’s dream.”
1. “Second Skin” Cream
Okay, so you won’t actually grow more skin with this cream. But, the technology used in XPL Film generates an “invisible, breathable, elastic, occlusive, long-lasting film on the skin.” This film acts as a second skin. It looks natural and can even be used on difficult areas like the elbows and knees. The folks at Olivo Labs, the makers of XPL, explain how it works:
“The in situ cross-linking ensures long-lasting skin adhesion, and generates a protective barrier to external chemical and mechanical insults that keeps the skin dry, even upon water contact. The ability to optimally balance oxygen and moisture permeability potentially provides ideal conditions for skin healing. The invisible polymer layer is derived from a tunable polysiloxane-based material platform that can be engineered to deliver a variety of specific material properties.”
XPL Film can be used to cover wrinkles, age spots, undereye circles, and other blemishes.
Are there any inventions on this list you have to have? Are there any you think are a bit silly? Let us know! We’d love to hear from you.